What's better: Ceramic space heater or oil filled radiator heater?

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  1. 49erinnc

    49erinnc Platinum Member

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    Just looking for something to keep the den warmer in the evening and a bedroom warmer at night. I initially wanted a ceramic space heater but I keep seeing a lot of portable oil-filled radiators everywhere. Just curious which type is more efficient at heating an area? Pros/cons?
     
  2. Rubycon

    Rubycon Madame President

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    Electric heating is 100% efficient so no differences there.

    Technically they are both convection heaters however the oil filled radiator has a much lower watt density over given surface area and would be safer as no parts get to ignition temperature. The ceramic will produce a stream of warm air almost immediately so it's good for quick spot heating.

    The radiator will take a while to chase the chill out of the room.
     
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    The oil filled ones ROCK when under a desk. My dad used them at his office in the winter and didn't use the furnace at all.
     
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    yeah but how safe are these?
     
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    I used an oil filled one where I used to live and work... They are great! They don't make any noise other than a few pings when they are first heating up, and don't dry the air out like the ceramic heaters do. I would get stuffed up from the dry air when I used the ceramics...